- Comic performers who entertain with eccentric costumes, exaggerated features and/or various forms of physical humour.
- The single most evil and horrifying creatures of all-time. Ever.
It’s safe to say clowns are divisive, but regardless of where you stand on the entertaining/terrifying debate, there’s simply no denying their cultural significance. From their origins as court jesters to innocent, child-friendly entertainers, and eventually horror icons as sinister, child-eating movie monsters, clowns have remained a permanent fixture in cinema since it began. Continue reading Send In The Clowns
Entourage is one of my all-time favourite shows and a big screen reunion is something all fans have been dreaming of since the show’s finale four years ago, but even I’m surprised to see the film adaptation for this middling series rubbing shoulders with the year’s biggest summer blockbusters. Continue reading Entourage in the UK
During the UK premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, a week after its US debut, news broke of Nelson Mandela’s death and people across the world united to mourn the loss of one of history’s greatest heroes. In a moment of impossible timing, Justin Chadwick’s adaptation of the late anti-apartheid revolutionary’s autobiography was transformed from a biopic into a eulogy. And it succeeds in this new context as a sentimental obituary that reminds audiences of the man and his achievements, unfortunately it fails to offer any fresh information that even the most casual viewer won’t know on their way in. Continue reading Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Review
“I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher. But above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”
Paul Thomas Anderson’s filmmaking career has been built from a yearning to innovate and astonish and though his profound cinematic presentations of life are some of the film industry’s finest, it’s his flawless consistency that’s truly remarkable. His success with such a unique style and ability to surpass even his own high expectations has warranted recognition as a modern day auteur. Five years on from There Will Be Blood, the great director returns with his most unique venture, but like all of his perfectionist creations, The Master is psychologically absorbing, yet strikingly cinematic and emotionally engaging.
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Many consider a film’s title to be unimportant, trivial even, but the name has long been a key factor in a film’s success. In contemporary cinema the role of the marketer is as pivotal as ever and the title process is increasingly fundamental in a period where a movie’s name can be the difference between a hit and a flop.
Continue reading The 10 Most Misleading Film Titles of All Time
“No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls” – Ingmar Bergman
Film or digital? A question that’s been hotly debated within filmic circles ever since George Lucas declared the original celluloid format was dead back in 2002. This decade of discussion compelled enthusiastic writer director Christopher Kenneally to create a documentary that investigates the histories, creative processes and relevance of each format while also presenting the polarizing opinions from both camps, side by side.
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Pixar’s attempts of redemption following the shameful Cars 2.
Ever since Pixar broke ground in 1995, with the innovative and universally acclaimed Toy Story, audiences have expected the same quality in each of their follow up films. Until recently the prestigious animation studio conquered the immense expectation and delivered consistently brilliant cinema experiences that reinvigorated the animation film. After hitting their first speed bump in 2011 with the disappointing sequel for Cars, Pixar attempts to refine their aim and hit the target with fantasy adventure Brave.
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As another year draws to a close, we can reflect on 2012 and recognise it as a fantastic year for film, with audiences supporting cinemas in terrific numbers. The staggering box-office success of Avengers Assemble, Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II has laid the foundations for a revival of the cinema industry. To follow a year as saga-concluding, record-breaking and Bond-resurrecting as 2012 will be a tough task, but 2013 is abundant with enticing films capable of doing so. 2013 is a year of returning franchise pieces (The Hangover Part III, Fast and Furious 6 and Paranormal Activity 5), Hollywood remakes (Oldboy, Evil Dead and Carrie) and 3D re-releases (Monsters Inc, Jurassic Park and Independence Day). Here are my thirteen most anticipated films for the fast approaching ’13.
The bear necessity – avoid this film.
It’s rare for a director to be labelled as controversial before his first film, but Seth MacFarlane’s illustrious career within animated television justifies this label. From psychopathic children to nine-eleven jokes, the Family Guy creator never shies away from the jokes he wants to make, however offensive they may be. Hoping to carry the success of his series onto the big screen, he ventures into live action with debut feature Ted. Continue reading Ted Review
With an increasing number of ways for anyone to express their opinions, the era of the non-professional reviewer has dawned.
Earlier in the year a new website emerged, Letterboxd.com. Never heard of it? That’s understandable, since from its March launch it has remained in a private, invitation-only beta testing status – meaning you need to know someone on the inside to get you in. However, while a sense of exclusivity surrounds its users, it recently became publicly available to view. The website offers a unique platform for those passionate about film to share their opinions in an online community. Its users range from industry professionals and aspiring writers to movie enthusiasts and critics. Having been a beta-tester for the past few months, this rapidly expanding and increasingly addictive film website is altering the shape of film criticism.
Continue reading Letterboxd: Introducing The Facebook Of Film